Brunei Darussalam’s premier computer hacking competition, Cyber Battle: Capture The Flag (CTF) is set to return for its eighth iteration later this month.
The competition is hosted annually by local information technology (IT) security firm ITPSS Sdn Bhd, offering free participation to the public.
Cyber Battle challenges competitors to solve puzzles based on real-life scenarios in categories such as cryptography, exploitation, digital forensics, packet analysis, and web-based challenges.
Aspiring hackers will find CTF competitions such as Cyber Battle is one of the most interesting and fun ways to gain practical experience in the cybersecurity field. It can also benefit IT professionals by testing and sharpening their skills in ethical hacking.
The game play of the competition remains the same as previous years – a Jeopardy-style ‘Capture The Flag’ competition where teams will be pitted against each other to solve challenges and submit ‘flags’ to earn points within a given time limit.
Registration for Cyber Battle is open until September 15.
Cash prizes of BND3,500, BND2,500 and BND1,500 are on offer for the top three teams, in addition to bonus prizes for teams that complete each category.
A qualifying round will be held online this weekend to identify the top 10 teams who will move on to the finals. The final round will be a full day event on September 30, where the finalists will face their opponents in person.
To complement the competition, ITPSS is also hosting Talks at Cyber Battle, a series of public presentations by security experts, aimed to inspire local youth to consider cybersecurity as a career choice.
The event features a talk on ‘Investigating container breaches using memory forensics’ by certified instructor from SANS Institute of the United States Mathias Fuchs.
Other topics in the line-up include ‘Islamic views on digital/cyber security’; ‘Defence against black hats’; ‘Making my own JARVIS’; and ‘How to get started in pentesting’.
Talks at Cyber Battle are open to the public and attendance is free of charge.
Cyber Battle will be held on September 30 at the Jerudong International School Arts Centre, and is open to the public.